One of the biggest piece of kopal at almost 40 pounds, which is ever found, goes on auction in Denmark.
It happens when kopalen going under the hammer at the auction house Bruun Rasmussen 26. February, where it is valued at 100,000 dollars.
- It is very unusual, said Ralph Lexner, who is head of department at Bruun Rasmussen.
Any accurately weighs kopalen, there also are called young amber, 38,450 pounds, and it measures 66 inches.
- I've tried to search on what's been sold at other auction houses in the world. I have tried to see what has been found generally of kopal.
- And I have never made anything that remotely has reached the size that we are talking rome here, says Ralph Lexner.
Kopal-the nugget weighs nearly 40 pounds and measuring 66x40x28 centimeters. It was fished up from the Skagerrak in december 2019. Photo: Bruun Rasmussen Henrik Wichmann/Ritzau Scanpix.
A kopal is a collection of resin and referred to as the precursor to amber. It is therefore not fully developed amber yet, and there would then have to go several million years more.
The huge piece of kopal was found shortly before christmas in december 2019, when three fishermen were out to catch langoustines.
the Fishermen sailed in the Skagerrak north of Hirtshals, as the brands, that there is something stuck in the trawl.
First, they believe that there is a large stone, tells the fisherman, Jan Bjerre Christensen.
- Then one of the other brand, that he can easily lift it. And it was supposed he could not, if it was a stone.
And then they believe it is real amber, because it smells of resin, so they are completely wild, he says.
Bruun Rasmussen has previously sold pieces of kopal of 0.5-1 kilo. But it is, as far as they know, the first time ever that you have had such a large piece of kopal at auction.
Therefore, it has been difficult to fix a price after the previous examples, which, otherwise, is the method, auction houses normally use.
- You are reaching your finger up in the air and see which way the wind is blowing, and then take his gut feeling and set a price, says Ralph Lexner.
He explains that the pieces of kopal, who has been previously sold, is gone for 3000 to 5000 dollars.
- If it gets to 50,000 or 200,000 - and if we find the buyer for it, I actually don't, says Ralph Lexner.
Although there was talk about the development of amber, so am Jan Bjerre Christensen to see if there is any chunks in.
- It is old enough to have little value. So we are very excited, " he says.